Geiger Family Album
Elizabeth (Mechling) Turney's Birth, Confirmation and Marriage Fraktur.
This beautiful fraktur documents important dates in the life of Esther (Turney) Geiger's mother: her birth on March 4, 1767 in Northampton County PA, her confirmation on Oct. 10, 1783 in Westmoreland County PA, and her marriage to Philip Dorny on June 1, 1786.A translation appears below:Elizabeth Dorny wife of Philip DornyBirth and Baptismal CertificateDewold Mächling and his wife Sibela (see translation note below) had a daughter on the 4th day in March in the Year of our lord 1767. This daughter is born in Magunsehn (Macungie?)Township in Northampton county in the state of Pennsylvania and has been baptized and was given the name Elizabeth the (blank) day (blank) in the year of our lord (blank).The witnesses to the baptism were (blank)I have been baptized I'm standing in the bondthrough my baptism with my lordso I always speak with happy mouth (language)In grim times in sadness, fear and needthe joy will remain forevermoreI have been baptized whether I die right awayWhat can a cool grave harm meI know my fatherland and inheritancethat I have god in heavenafter my death it waits for methe heavenly joy the celebratory dressI have been baptized on your nameGod, Father, son and holy ghostI am counted as one of your seedTo the people that is named holy by you.O! What luck was mine through this,Lord, let me be worthy of it!And was confirmed in the Evangelical (Lutheran) reformed religion by Mister Wilhelm Weber Reformed Preacher (Pastor) on October 10th 1783 in her 16th year in the Herolds Church in Hempfield Westmoreland County. And entered holy matrimony with Philip Dorny on June 1st 1786 in her 20th year of age.Many thanks go to Ruth Huntington for sending this fraktur to be included in this album. Nina Scherenberg and Hans Klar provided the translation. Translation note: Nina gives Sibelia's maiden name as Aslenin but adds that she is not sure it is correct.